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Fortune 500 company expanding West Michigan product design center
A diversified maker of several household brand names is expanding its product design center in the region.
Hoboken, New Jersey-based Newell Brands will expand its 40,000-square-foot design center in Kalamazoo, located in Western Michigan University’s Business Technology and Research Park, at 300 Research Way, according to Southwest Michigan First, a Kalamazoo-based economic development agency, yesterday.
The Fortune 500 company is investing $7.3 million toward the addition.
Newell Brands chose to expand in Michigan over competing sites.
After recently acquiring the consumer products company Jarden, Newell needs to expand its Kalamazoo space to accommodate 87 new design jobs.
People interested in careers with Newell can visit the jobs section of its website.
Other details on the expansion project weren’t disclosed.
Newell Brands has been awarded a $1.48-million Michigan Business Development performance-based grant for the project.
The City of Kalamazoo has also offered 12-year tax abatements valued at $1.5 million.
“The decision of Newell Brands to expand in southwest Michigan versus other global centers shows the value its leadership team places on our region as a hub for design talent,” said Ron Kitchens, senior partner, Southwest Michigan First. “We look forward to growing our creative community with the innovation these 87 new jobs bring and continuing our growing relationship with the company.”
Newell Brands is a global manufacturer of consumer and commercial products marketed under a portfolio of brands, including Rubbermaid, Graco, Aprica, Levolar, Calphalon, Goody, Sharpie, Paper Mate, Dymo, Parker, Sunbeam and Lenox.